Learn about USAT Sanctioning and Certification

USAT sanctioning and certification provides triathletes additional value

When you register for a triathlon with USAT sanctioning and certification chances are high that you’ll participate in a reputable event. In its 16th year, Jack’s Generic Triathlon (owned and produced by High Five Events) is a USAT-sanctioned event. Dan Carroll, co-owner of High Five Events is a Level II USAT Certified Race Director. We break down the benefits of USAT sanctioning and certification and what it means for athletes.

quick breakdown of USAT sanctioning and certification

Dan Carroll directing the 2017 JGT swim start.

USAT sanctioning benefits for triathletes

1. Gives peace-of-mind by guaranteeing industry-wide safety standards
2. Ensures a fair race governed by standardized rules
3. Provides the Gold Standard of insurance protection for the event, athlete, and venue
4. Provide athletes with points for regional and national rankings, including USAT All-American status
5. Only sanctioned races provide athletes with the opportunity to qualify for National Championships and then qualify for World Championships as a member of Team USA
6. Athletes’ results are available for all sanctioned races
7. Enables new programming, grows the sport, and funds initiatives including youth participation, the Olympic program, and paratriathlon

Level II USAT Certified Race Director benefits

1. Make events safer with access to latest risk management and race directing information
2. Ensure fairness by being in full compliance with all USAT sanction guidelines and pre- and post-race requirements
3. Compete on accurate distances through updated course development protocol
4. Comfort in the fact that the event is managed by a highly qualified race director, decreasing the chances for errors
5. Maintain triathlon’s integrity by producing respected events
6. Race directors stay sharp through re-certification and continuing education opportunities